The Best of Hawaii Mediumwave (AM) Broadcast-band DX - 86 to 91
A compilation of excellent long-distance (DX) radio-reception of AM radio stations at nighttime as received on the Big Island of Hawaii, Kauai, and Oahu, Hawaii. Recordings compiled from cassette-tapes between 1986 and 1991 during several DX sessions I undertook during my residency there, using various radio receivers, including a Realistic DX-200 and Kenwood R-1000.
Label / Recorded by Stephen P. McGreevyContributor Stephen P. McGreevyLanguage English
Various long antenna wires including long "Beverage" wire-antenna(s) were employed to makes these astounding long-haul receptions. It was back in the times of when there were many "clear-channels" in North America, far less band congestion, and many recordings of rare Pacific Islands now off the MW band exist in this presentation.
Stephen P. McGreevy, N6NKS.
Point Reyes, California DXpeditions: Also included are audio files from Point Reyes, California (Marin County) on the coast, DXing with a Beverage antenna in the early 80's (has spectacular Hawaiian, Pacific and Asian reception). I was also using the same receivers at Point Reyes as in Hawaii in 1986-91 (Kenwood R-1000, Realistic DX-200).
Additional Hawaii DXpedition Recordings: I have also uploaded audio files of a January 1986 (LW, MW) DXpedition to Kauai that had spectacular solar-minimum, long-haul reception, including to the Middle East! Additionally, some highlights of recordings from my November 2010 MW DXpedition to the Windward Coast of Oahu (Kahuku area) are herein.
This archive.org DX page originally was just a compilation of AM-BCB DX compiled from Hawaii DXpeditions, but now has been greatly expanded with a variety of fascinating DXpeditions to the California coast, western/central Canada (B.C., Alberta, Manitoba, the NWT - those during my VLF expeditions), small samples from my travels to Russia (2009) and China (2013).
Consider these recordings a global-collection of broadcasting "airchecks!"
The February 1990 "Goat Rock" recordings (with Jim Ericson, KG6EK-sk) made from Sonoma County's mouth of the Russian River includes fascinating reception/archival recordings of the peak/heydey of lowFER and medFER beacon DX before the expansion of the AM-BCB into the 1620 to 1700 kHz region (and I caught a rare Chinese transmitter-test on 1640 kHz (//5880) that lasted maybe 20 minutes!).
Some of the most entertaining things about these recordings are all of my commentary interspersed throughout, sometimes quite hilarious - note that I was age 19 in 1982...
This is all dedicated to Dr. Richard E. Wood, whom I met on the Big Island in August 1986, and became a good friend of this great of MW-BCB DXing.
Oahu, Hawaii - November 2010: Some highlights are included in this page of recordings, but also a newer page is available (uploaded 25 November 2010) of my November 2010 return to Hawaii:
Between 15-21 November 2010, I returned to Hawaii, choosing a location on north-east (Windward) side of Oahu, Hawaii to extensively DX the AM/Mediumwave Broadcast Band and a bit of HF (beacons, etc.) and FM broadcast stations (fascinating Inter-Island-tropo on the FM-band noted) as well. About 10 hours of MP3 recordings are now at:
A few select recordings from my November 2010 Oahu Dxpedition are also on this page too. This recent November 2010 Hawaiian DXpedition supplements all of the other recordings you will hear on this page of older DXpeditions of mine. Enjoy! SpM.
Also at Internet Archives is a great compilation of MP3 audio files of AM/MW radio DXing and local AM/FM radio-dial scans made in St. Petersburg, Russia; Helsinki, Finland; Stockholm, Sweden; and in the midst of the Baltic Sea on a ferry (15 to 19 September 2009) by Stephen P. McGreevy, at:
A huge compilation of most of my FM broadcast band DXing (just about all of it via Sporadic-E)(Es), between 2000 and 2009 also on Internet Archives:
Stephen P. McGreevy, Summer 2010; many additions in 2014, 2015, and 2016
All public domain files for your enjoyment